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    Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2020 - The Policy Recommendations to the most recent virtual workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group "Regional Stability in the South Caucasus" (RSSC) are now published. It is the outcome of an RSSC Extraordinary Virtual Roundtable, held on 25 June 2020, on the topic “Assessing and Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Global Crisis in the South Caucasus Region”.

    The paper examines the political and economic situation in the region as well as security issues. Associated to these topics, the paper offers some general and country-specific suggestions on conflict management, conflict resolution, and regional cooperation.

    Please find the policy paper at the following link: Policy Recommendations “Assessing and Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Global Crisis in the South Caucasus Region”

    Additionally, we would like to point out that the proceedings of the 20th RSSC Workshop, which was conducted from 7 to 10 November 2019 in Reichenau/Rax, Austria, is also available online. Speakers from the region were required to concentrate on what outcomes and conditions could break the current deadlocks in moving towards peace and regional stability. Although deadlocks in South Caucasus conflict resolution were hardly broken, fresh consensus emerged among participants inter alia on: commonly held interests being defined and leveraged as confidence building to facilitate rapprochement and eventually lead to conflict resolution; administrative and identity issues being maintained cleanly separated; and the need to fully de-politicize issues addressed by peacebuilding initiatives.

    You can find the this publication on “Concrete Steps to Break the Deadlocks in the South Caucasus” at the following link: Policy Recommendations 

    Read More about: Regional Stability in the South Caucasus

     

  • Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC SG): latest Policy Recommendations available online

    Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2020 - The Policy Recommendations to the most recent virtual workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group "Regional Stability in the South Caucasus" (RSSC) are now published. It is the outcome of an RSSC Extraordinary Virtual Roundtable, held on 25 June 2020, on the topic “Assessing and Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Global Crisis in the South Caucasus Region”.

    Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2020 - The Policy Recommendations to the most recent virtual workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group "Regional Stability in the South Caucasus" (RSSC) are now published. It is the outcome of an RSSC Extraordinary Virtual Roundtable, held on 25 June 2020, on the topic “Assessing and Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Global Crisis in the South Caucasus Region”.

    The paper examines the political and economic situation in the region as well as security issues. Associated to these topics, the paper offers some general and country-specific suggestions on conflict management, conflict resolution, and regional cooperation.

    Please find the policy paper at the following link: Policy Recommendations “Assessing and Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Global Crisis in the South Caucasus Region”

    Additionally, we would like to point out that the proceedings of the 20th RSSC Workshop, which was conducted from 7 to 10 November 2019 in Reichenau/Rax, Austria, is also available online. Speakers from the region were required to concentrate on what outcomes and conditions could break the current deadlocks in moving towards peace and regional stability. Although deadlocks in South Caucasus conflict resolution were hardly broken, fresh consensus emerged among participants inter alia on: commonly held interests being defined and leveraged as confidence building to facilitate rapprochement and eventually lead to conflict resolution; administrative and identity issues being maintained cleanly separated; and the need to fully de-politicize issues addressed by peacebuilding initiatives.

    You can find the this publication on “Concrete Steps to Break the Deadlocks in the South Caucasus” at the following link: Policy Recommendations 

    Read More about: Regional Stability in the South Caucasus

     

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan implement crises hotline in the wake of RSSC SG recommendation; ceasefire violations decline.
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    Vienna, Austria, December 7, 2018 - Since establishment of a crises hotline between Armenia and Azerbaijan in October 2018, reports of ceasefire violations have decreased approximately 75% according to George Niculescu, Partnership for Peace Consortium's Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group (RSSC SG) co-chair. These developments come in the wake of RSSC SG recommendations to keep communications cannels open between the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

    Vienna, Austria, December 7, 2018 - Since establishment of a crises hotline between Armenia and Azerbaijan in October 2018, reports of ceasefire violations have decreased approximately 75% according to George Niculescu, Partnership for Peace Consortium's Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group (RSSC SG) co-chair. These developments come in the wake of RSSC SG recommendations to keep communications cannels open between the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

    The recommendations, made at the 10th RSSC workshop held in Reichenau in November 2014, in which both Armenia and Azerbaijan academics participated, were widely disseminated to approximately 800 academic and governmental institutions. The theme of maintaining open communication channels has been an ongoing one for subsequent workshop participants.

    The RSSC SG serves as a Track 2 diplomacy initiative under the framework of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes with strong support from the Austrian National Defence Academy. The group regularly brings together participants from South Caucasus region, including academics from the areas of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh as well as NATO, EU and NGO representatives.

    According to George Niculescu, co-chair of the Study Group, "the opening of a new communication channel agreed several weeks ago by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and the Prime-Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan is a sensational step. In effect an important recommendation by our participants has been acted upon and put into practice."

    Austrian National Defence Academy: http://www.bundesheer.at/organisation/beitraege/lvak/eindex.shtml
    More information on the RSSC SG: Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group

     

  • What a ‘New European Security Deal’ Could Mean for the South Caucasus

    The 17th RSSC SG workshop, convened for the first time ever in Minsk, Belarus, aimed to look at ways of peacefully transforming the Euro-Atlantic security order. This policy paper is a synopsis of the discussions that took place 18-21 April 2018 in Minsk and the policy recommendations that were extracted from the break-out groups.

  • 16th Workshop of the PfP Consortium’s Study Group on Regional Stability in the South Caucasus
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    REICHENAU, Austria (12 November, 2017) - Berlin-based think tank Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), jointly with Goettingen University and the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports have increased their partnership and cooperation to support the 9-12 November 2017 workshop of the PfP Consortium’s Study Group on Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC SG at https://pfp-consortium.org), championed by the Austrian National Defence Academy.

    REICHENAU, Austria (12 November, 2017) - Berlin-based think tank Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), jointly with Goettingen University and the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports have increased their partnership and cooperation to support the 9-12 November 2017 workshop of the PfP Consortium’s Study Group on Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC SG at https://pfp-consortium.org), championed by the Austrian National Defence Academy.

    The DOC Research Institute and the Austrian National Defence Academy together with the PfP Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes shared travel and accommodation costs for the participants at the 16th RSSC SG workshop, which was held this November in Reichenau, Austria. The format and range of future cooperation are currently being negotiated. The parties are confident that they will promote long-term cooperation, which will make the RSSC SG ever more vibrant. The RSSC SG is a state-of-the-art track-two diplomacy platform designed to consider sensitive topics.

    The Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group is one of the crown jewels of the PfP Consortium. Two conferences per year have been organized since its re-launch in November 2012; one at Château Rothschild in Reichenau-on-the-Rax in November, and one in the extended South Caucasus region in the spring. Regional workshops have been held in Tbilisi, Istanbul, Kyiv, Chisinau and Varna. The RSSC SG workshops are co-chaired by Frederic Labarre (PfP Consortium) and George Niculescu (GPF-Europe).

    The output of the RSSC SG is prodigious; each workshop yields a booklet of proceedings called Study Group Information of some 150-200 pages (https://pfp-consortium.org/index.php/publications/study-group-proceedings), and a much sought-after four-page Policy Recommendations bulletin. Each is distributed throughout the PfP Consortium’s network of defense and security education institutions, some 800 addresses in nearly 50 countries, including the capitals of the South Caucasus and to the headquarters of relevant international organizations, like NATO, the OSCE and the EU.

    Such output has had significant policy repercussions already; following the receipt of policy recommendations from the 10th RSSC SG, an in camera meeting of deputy ministers of defense from the South Caucasus was held in Germany at the request of the US Ministry of Defense. Last November 2016, representatives from the OSCE voiced interest in creating a group to study the feasibility of implementing recommendations from the 14th RSSC SG.

    The cooperation with DOC Research Institute and Goettingen University marks a first step in having non-governmental institutions share in the successes of the RSSC SG. It is hoped that this partnership will be renewed and will attract further interest from civil society, thereby increasing the chances of developing constructive solutions to the conflicts in the South Caucasus.

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